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Subject: solid show
Garcia is in fine voice and the show is very tight. Keith's piano is soooo good during this period.
I'll argue that the HCS is good not great, def not one of the best. That flub at the end of the jam and the last verse is prominent. Overall, they are still in their heyday as a band and I could listen to fall of '73 for months on end. Great job, as always, Charlie. You're a gem of a human being.
chris phillips -
The Other One is one of the best ever!
Continuing from Winterland and on - November '73 is simply awesome to behold -
Set 1 - everything mighty fine, Jerry pulls the tension exactly where its needed on every song. Got to give the supremo-gold star in this set to Cumberland - everyone, really, you simply won't be able to sit still while this goes on. I rarely, when listening through a set, will backtrack and listen to a song again, unless there's really something special going on - this Cumberland has it all over the damned place. China Cat > Rider is a great companion piece and works beautifully late in the set.
Set 2 - just '73 gold beautiful everything - check out the Big River in the middle of all the jammy craziness - they tap right back into that boogaloo rhythm that they were so familiar with at this period. It's all fantastic. Love this show!
Subject: This show grew on me
I can understand why someone would give it 3 stars if they only heard it once, I wasn't that impressed with it the first time I listened, but it's clear now what a beautiful show this was/is. They're really in sync from the outset - Big Railroad Blues is surprisingly tight, especially for an opener. Keith's playing really stands out to my ears.
HCS - easily a contender for my top 5 favourite versions of this song. Originally I would have agreed with the poster (on a differnt version of this show) calling it sloppy, but like the whole show, it improves with more careful listening.
Cumberland Blues is smokin'; Brown-Eyed Women is inspired; China > Rider never let's me down!
Truckin' - where's Phil? Really good version, but I'm craving those bass bombs after they build-up ~6.5 min. He seems to be missing a bit in the first TOO, which lacks the urgency of other versions. This Big River popping up is pretty sweet, and I agree with clementinescaboose about the second TOO- it is a cracker!! But really the whole second set is magnificent, and the first is chock full of little gems.
You can hear little stuff-ups, but that's part of what makes this band great, and they keep at it to get us to that magic place.
I remember driving away in a daze after this concert that seemed like the Other One went on forever when someone said "Where the hell are we?"
The question was answered in a few seconds when a sign on the road said Entering Cucamonga.
The next question was, "Where the hell is Cucamonga?"
I still don't know where Cucamonga is but do sort of remember this was a concert to remember.
Dylan M -
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but if this is only a three star show... what is a five star show?
A highlight from one of the best tours the Dead ever put on.
Keith's piano and Jerry's lead tones are at there most accurate and exploratory. Phil raging like the rhythm section for an entire orchestra kills every single song (especially the Eyes solo imho). The jam segment of set 2 is simply exquisite. Don't think they ever did they "Big River" sandwich again, nice change from the more usual Other1>Me and My Uncle>Other 1. This is a perfect showcase of how amazingly the Godchaux's had fit into the Dead's sound. This is our favorite band at their peak.
Maybe I'm easy to impress, but this show is most excellent in performance quality and transfer. Undoubtedly five stars. Up there with the Winterland, Denver, and UCLA shows also from this wonderful tour.
Subject: A good (3-star),
rather than fantastic (5) or great (4) show in my opinion. Nice crisp, clean recording, more depth than average soundboard.
I saw Dark Star Orchestra do this one about 3-4 years ago before I emasculated my self into the Dead's music. TWO OTHER ONE Reprises, what the fuck! First set is like 2 and half hours. Christ!
(95 outta 100)
Subject: GOO GOO GOO
Easily one of the best second sets of the year, imho, this blows 11/20 and 11/21 out of the water.
This show deserves official release.
The Truckin' goes deep, and the 2nd Other One has more twists and turns than a roller-coaster! Cool Eyes, amazing China>Rider and rockin' HCSS too!!
Graeme Sweetapple -
A really busy day in history....great shows from across the years:
71/72/78 & 87...
However if I had to make a choice it would certainly have be this gem....
The major highlight [as with most of the reviews] is a perfectly played Here Comes Sunshine... but also some very special versions of China/Rider, [an incredible]Truckin'>The Other One> Eyes of The World>The Other One.
This is a very fine show, coupled with an amazing Charlie Miller upgrade. It has a intoxicating jazz/free-form feel to it from start to finish, stretched out by some great Bill Kreutzmann drumming, who plays out some mindblowingly great 'off beat' syncopated parts that makes you just wanna get up and boogie...
A highly creative & potent period in the history of Grateful Dead & a very well played, imaginative show from the fall tour 73,miss @ peril ;-]
the here comes sunshine on this is great
black throated wind really takes off and is amazing
row jimmy jams, piano is great in there
rest of the show promises to be just as great!
Best HCS of all time plus one of the best 2nd sets ever
Subject: In the wrists, and on the road
Fall of 1973 was a brilliant time for the Dead. This show (or recording) underscores that Billy was as a vital an element in the Dead's chemistry as any. If, as Bobby said, after Mickey left Billy played like a young god, in this, their most expansively creative period, Billy played like a maturing god. That man could snap his wrists (and, as anyone who saw the Dead during the spring '09 tour or BK3 at OCF this summer knows, he still can).
The second set of this show is as good as late-73 Grateful Dead gets, and not much gets better than that. It's true musical Road Music:: from a hot-rockin' Truckin' (which goes everywhere) into the otherness of the Other One, to the banks of the Mississippi, back into Otherness, down to the Wharf, then to West Texas and Colorado, and then Goin' Down the Road itself, all revolving around and exquisite Eyes in the center. If you haven't yet taken this trip, take it.
fat lager dude -
Subject: The cat has been to the vet.
Anyone who had issues with streaming this one because China Cat Sunflower didn't play right can now feel free to stop having them. The pussy's purrin' better ever now.
At the risk of sounding like I'm sitting on the fence I'd say it's PROBABLY the best Here Comes Sunshine. Pretty good fence, but.